Review: The Blue Yeti X Makes Podcasting & Conferencing Easy

Like many readers, working from home is my new norm. And that means acquiring the right teleconferencing equipment. Additionally, podcasters, hardcore gamers, streamers, and YouTube influencers all need a quality microphone. That means a USB-based digital microphone and not analog. And you might want one that accommodates different type of conversations (conference room, one-on-one interviews, and solo broadcasting.) For years, I've been using the microphones from Blue, like the Snowball and Yeti. Recently, Logitech, which owns Blue, let me try its higher-end model, the Yeti X ($169.99)

The Yeti X supports Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional, and Stereo recording options so it can be works for multiple use cases. I was really impressed with the unit's heft, which means it will stay put so you can set it and forget it. Speaking of setting it, there is a button on the back that alternates between those recording modes. Tiny LED lights indicate which mode is active, so you may need to memorize the icons. There are more lights surrounding the smart button on the front that turns it on and controls the volume. The lights around the button act as a volume level indicator as you speak, so you don't have to check your computer screen for audio levels. This is a really intelligent and handy enhancement. But if you want computer-control, try Blue's free and well-designed app for PC or Mac.

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Yeti X

The design is nice, as is the case with most Blue microphones. It sports a black matte finish with shiny chrome accents. Gamers can leverage Logitech's G HUB platform to customize colors, which is fun. The Yeti X also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack for monitoring using a set of headphones. It's not cheap, but it should last a long time. It uses microUSB, although I would have preferred USB-C.

G-Hub

Pros

  • Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional, Stereo recording options
  • Nice heft
  • Black matte finish with chrome accents
  • Smart knob with volume monitoring LEDs
  • 3.5mm headphone jack for monitoring

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Uses microUSB, not Lightning or USB-C

Final Verdict

If you make a living with your voice, the Yeti X from Blue is a great tool to help.

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Author Details

Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.